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ordainverb [T]

 us   /ɔrˈdeɪn/
to make someone ​officially a ​priest, ​minister, or ​rabbi in a ​religiousceremony
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ordainverb

uk   /ɔːˈdeɪn/  us   /ɔːrˈdeɪn/
  • ordain verb (CHURCH)

[T often passive] to ​officially make someone a ​priest or other ​religiousleader, in a ​religiousceremony: He was ordained (as) a ​priest in Ely ​cathedral in 1987.
  • ordain verb (ORDER)

[T] formal (of ​God or someone in ​authority) to ​order something to ​happen: There is ​strongsupport here for the ​tougheconomicreforms ordained in the ​federalcapital, Prague. [+ that] humorous I don't ​know who came up with the ​idea, but the ​citycouncil has ordained that all the ​locallibraries will ​close on Mondays.
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